Hunter Freeman will be a domestic scout for FC Cincinnati. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)

Former Red Bulls and Cosmos defender Hunter Freeman has been named a scout by FC Cincinnati, a year prior the USL club will join Major League Soccer.

Freeman, who will be a domestic scout, will join Jorge Alvial, the head of scouting and Doug Elder, who will be a regional scout.

“We’re excited to bring Jorge, Hunter, and Doug to FC Cincinnati,” said technical director Luke Sassano, a former Cosmos assistant technical director. “Jorge has a tremendous track record and an extensive scouting network that has aided in his ability to identify elite talent and professional players at the highest level of world football. Between his Premier League experience and his work in and familiarity with MLS, we believe he’ll he a key asset to us as we continue to build our first-team roster.

“I’ve known Hunter for years and he has always had a keen soccer mind. His experience playing in MLS on some top teams will serve him very well in this new role, and we look forward to his immediate impact within our scouting department. As we build out our regional network of scouts, we are happy to add Doug where his experience and strong network of contacts throughout the country will be helpful as we prepare for the upcoming MLS draft.”

Freeman closed his 13-year professional playing career this year. During his career as a defender, he featured for the Colorado Rapids, Red Bulls, Toronto FC and Houston Dynamo in MLS, IK Start in Norway and the Cosmos and Miami FC in the North American Soccer League. He helped Houston advance to MLS Cup 2011, and in the NASL, was part of four championship teams with New York and Miami.

He was also a member of the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 national teams and spent considerable time coaching and training youth soccer players in his time away from the field.

Freeman attended the University of Virginia for two seasons, helping the Cavaliers win two Atlantic Coast Conference championships, before leaving school early as part of the first Generation adidas class in MLS and being drafted sixth overall by Colorado in 2005. Freeman finished his degree requirements through Southern New Hampshire University in 2012, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in communications.